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Notice for Request for Proposals (RFP): Railcar Maintenance Practices

Date Posted: 3/18/2011
Date Closed: 5/09/2011
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March 18, 2011. Notice for Request for Proposals (RFP): Railcar Maintenance Practices [ Word] [ PDF ]. Synopsis and full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2011-014-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the website by May 9, 2011.


FTA is seeking research proposals to study the effectiveness of railcar maintenance practices followed by public transportation agencies operating rail passenger service. FTA’s research activities are authorized by 49 USC 5312, Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment Projects. The goal of this research program is to promote the research and development of new technologies that will improve the safety and efficiency of rail transit system operations in the United States. The objective of this project is to identify rail transit agencies with effective, “best practice” maintenance processes based on agency on-time performance, safety record, and mean-time-between-failures data. The research will evaluate railcar maintenance plans and processes and document the practices, methods and procedures that lead to highly effective railcar maintenance.


An applicant must electronically submit a proposal to by midnight, Eastern Time, Monday, April 18, 2011, for consideration. All potential applicants are advised to begin the registration process immediately, if they have not previously submitted Federal assistance applications through, in order to be able to meet the deadline. FTA expects to award funds to one successful applicant through a cooperative agreement by June 17, 2011.

Proposal Submissions

Proposals must be submitted electronically through the web site by midnight (EDT) April 18, 2011. You must be registered with in order to submit a cost proposal. Go to to download the application instructions or package.


The website allows applicant organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive opportunities from all Federal agencies that award Federal assistance. This website is the single access point for over 1,000 Federal assistance programs administered by the 26 Federal agencies.

For Further Information Contact

Technical, program management, and administrative questions shall be directed to Program Manager: Patrick Centolanzi, PE Office of Technology (TRI-20), Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, E43-463,Washington, D.C. 20590; email address:


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